Emma E.(Kilburn) "Nebby" Irish


Portland, ME – Emma E. (Kilburn) “Nebby” Irish, 89, peacefully passed through Heaven's gate into God's garden very early on the morning of Sunday, January 7, 2018.  She was the wife of the late Russell H. Irish.

Nebby was born on June 17, 1928 in Batavia, New York the daughter of the late Arthur S. Kilburn & Emma D. (Dories) Kilburn.

The family moved to Maine when she was 5 years old, residing in Cape Elizabeth where she graduated from Cape High.  After which she attended & graduated from UMO class of '49.

She led a full life, first & foremost as a wife, mother & homemaker in Portland. As her boys got older she took on various jobs; a teller at Casco Bank, medical office manager & as a nanny doing private family daycare in her home.

She is survived by her two sons, Jim Irish & his wife Sue of Gold Canyon, AZ and Glenn Irish & his wife Jane of Robinhood, ME, as well as one grandson Brad Irish & his wife Jenny of Tempe, AZ.

Nebby is also survived by many dear friends, particularly Alli, Joe & the Batoosingh family & the wonderful staff at 75 State Street.

Per Mom's request there will be no services, but please keep her in your hearts, memories & prayers.


0 #6 Murray Mack 2018-02-02 04:00
Jim, I am sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Please accept my sincerest sympathy. You are in my thoughts.
0 #5 Murray Mack 2018-01-31 05:36
To Jim:

So sorry to have read about your mother's passing. My thoughts are with you, buddy. Please accept my sincerest sympathy.
0 #4 Mary-Jo Heal 2018-01-30 22:18
My Mother, Alicia McCarthy was a resident at 75 State St back in 2008-2009 and Nebby friended her.
She was very kind to my Mom. I have since sent Nebby homemade cards for the holidays. I'm very sorry to hear of her passing. May she find peace.
0 #3 John Griffith 2018-01-28 18:52
I am very sorry to hear of Nebby's passing. I worked with her at Casco Bank on Commercial Street in Portland. I was head teller and she ran the drive-up window. She was always very pleasant and kind and I have often wondered about her in the years since. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
0 #2 Lynne Sorensen Kelly 2018-01-28 17:35
To Jim and Glenn,
So sorry to see the passing of your Mom. She was the kindest and sweetest lady ever. Hopefully your good memories will help with your loss.
0 #1 Bob and Jill Nadeau 2018-01-28 11:47
Glenn and Jane, our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. We very much enjoyed our conversations with Nebby at 75 State Street. She was a beautiful lady.

Add comment

Please allow up to 24 hours for you comment to be approved

Security code

The familes of Stephen Doughty

Dear Kevin & Staff "Thank you so much for your help & guidance through our difficult time at the passing of S. Doughty.  We would hesitate to recommend Advantage Funeral Services to anyone!" ~ Phil Doughty... Read more...

Christine Paige & Family

I cannot thank Kevin Kilcline enough for his compassionate and efficient handling of my father and his services. When my father was transferred from a hospital to hospice, one of the first questions I was asked was "Can you give us the name of the funeral home to contact when your father passes?"I ... Read more...

The Belmont Family

"I wish to thank you, your wife and your son for all you did with respect to laying my Mother to rest. It is evident that you and your family truly care about your clients.  Losing a loved on is never easy. I appreciate your working with me and my budget to provide my Mother with a nice funeral." ... Read more...

The Jenkins Family

Dear Mr. Kilcline We are writing to express our sincere gratitude for your assistance in the care, planning, and cremation of our daughter this past July.  My husband and I, fortunately, had never participated in this type of experience, or any type of estate planning what-so-ever.  Every... Read more...

Gooldrup Family

In Loving Memory Of James I Gooldrup 1/9/69 to 2/04/13; When my husband died I've been a wreck and I didn't know the first thing about funerals and my life is a tornado out of control and I was scared of the whole thing and then I met Kevin @ Advantage Funeral Home.  He was so laid back and... Read more...